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Thursday, Mar. 22, 2018

The Wide Island View Team

The Wide Island View is a webzine written for and by members of the JET Programme in Hiroshima, Japan. Created in November 2006, the Wide Island View began as a PDF newsletter emailed to members every two months. In June 2009, the publication moved online.

In addition to news and information about events for Hiroshima JETs, the Wide Island View publishes content of interest to JETs throughout Japan including articles about travel, Japanese culture, Japanese study, recipes and more. All JETs and JET alumni are encouraged to contribute, as well as other members of the English speaking community throughout Japan.

The website is currently managed by Editor-in-Chief Akilah Forde. She can be contacted at wideislandview@gmail.com.


Akilah Forde is a fourth year JET from the sunny island of Barbados. Now, she teaches at a high school in Fukuyama.

Akilah is interested in Japanese culture, art, lifestyle and history and as a writer she often shares her thoughts and insights about life in the land of the rising sun.

Social Media Manager

Kelsey Bouse is a third year jet from Michigan, who lives in Fukuyama teaching at various elementary and junior high school. As the Social Media and Communications Manager, she is the one you will most likely be in contact with.

She has been to Japan once before when she studied abroad in Shiga Prefecture. She has had various adventures both then and now such as: exploring multiple prefectures, biking the shimanami kaido, and zip-lining along Lake Biwa.

Editor & Writer

Eric Wade is a third year JET. He is originally from Santa Clarita, California, where he attended Loyola Marymount University and completed a double-majored in Latin and English Literature.

He likes pottery, airplanes/aviation, sports, and nature.
He’s also a self-proclaimed civil war buff, a grammar pacifist and amateur philologist.

Editor & Writer

Riza Ugalino is a third year ALT in Kure, contracted through the Bremerton- Kure Sister City Program.

In high school, she stayed in Kure as an exchange student, and has been involved with the program ever since. Between snapchatting and finding the next good seasonal combini beverage, she enjoys biking around town, writing, and traveling.”

Website Manager

Kristen Lewis is a first year ALT living with her husband in Higashihiroshima. She is originally from Florida, where she earned a degree in Linguistics before traveling to Japan.

When she isn't teaching, she enjoys busying herself with learning the ins-and-outs of website development and spending copious amounts of time playing video games.


Desirae Witte, hailing from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan (AKA the Katakana Nightmare), is a second year ALT living in Kure. Now teaching elementary and junior high-school students in Japan, it was in high-school that she first visited Japan on exchange, and decided she wanted to live there at some point.

After spending four years studying film and animation in beautiful Vancouver BC, she made the leap and landed in one of the most beautiful places in Japan – and has loved every second of it. With her JET retirement looming, she plans to spend her remaining months in Japan traveling and experiencing as much as her funds and remaining nenkyuu will allow.


Kathy Rice, originally from Pennsylvania, is a fourth year Coordinator for International Relations (CIR) in Fukuyama. Her work ranges from interpreting for the mayor to writing a monthly English newsletter for local residents.

As one of our contributors, she’ll be bringing us articles on her travels around Japan and events in the Fukuyama area.


Kelly Pieterse is a third year JET from South Africa who happily lives with her husband in Kure city.

Her background is rooted in film and 2D animation, but now her new found passion is painting traditionally with watercolours. Kelly spends her free time eating and painting everything that catches her eye. She’s obsessed with the colour green and you can always find her in the stationary aisle.

Join Our Team

If you want to become a contributor, either on a one-off basis or monthly, please contact us on the email address above.
The Wide Island View is run entirely by volunteers, and though it is free online to readers, there is a cost to run the website.
Web hosting fees are paid through advertising revenue and donations. If you enjoy reading the Wide Island View, we urge you to show the love through a small donation–every yen helps.
Thanks and happy reading!